November 15: Waiting On The Count

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1. By The Numbers: How Josh Shapiro Ran To Victory

History was made with the election of Josh Shapiro as governor of Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth had not had consecutive Democrat Governors since 1955-63 when George Leader and David Lawrence were in office. It is also the first time Pennsylvania has had three consecutive terms of a Democrat Governor since the 1800s.

Shapiro holds a 775,000 vote advantage over Republican nominee Doug Mastriano, continuing a streak of seven consecutive elections that saw the winner hold a margin of 200,000 voters or more. Ed Rendell and Tom Wolf won their reelection bids by more than 800,000. (PoliticsPA)

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Shapiro To Take Office With Mandate From PA Voters. “Josh Shapiro, the Democratic governor-elect of Pennsylvania, will take office with a decisive mandate from voters, who overwhelmingly rejected a Republican drive to pare back abortion rights and voting laws in the premier battleground state.” (Associated Press)

Shapiro Will Have To Navigate A State Legislature That Has Often Been A Foil To Governors. “As he prepares to step into the state’s top job with an ambitious and lengthy policy platform, he faces a new challenge: navigating a state legislature that has often served as a foil to gubernatorial agendas.” (WESA)

Abortion Rights Drew PA Voters To The Polls. “Abortion proved to be a big motivator for some Americans — and Pennsylvanians — in last week’s midterms, the first election in the Keystone State since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.” (Axios Philadelphia)

 

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2. Where We Stand For Control Of The State House

And then there were two.

Control of the state House has come down to two remaining districts – one in Bucks and the other in Montgomery County. Democrats need one victory to ascend to the majority party, while the GOP needs a sweep.

Bucks County could have a winner by mid-week. Montco – not as fast. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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It’s Gotta Be The Maps. How Redistricting Could Lead To Shift In Power In PA House. “James Carville said famously, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Well, for Pennsylvania and its shifting power structure in its General Assembly, it’s got to be the maps.” (PoliticsPA)

Parties Challenge Ballots As Counties Keep Counting Votes In Pivotal PA House Races. “Monday proved true what Melissa Cerrato said she told voters on thousands of doorsteps during her campaign for a Pennsylvania House seat in Montgomery County: Every vote counts.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

Batch Of Unrecorded Votes Helps GOP’s Cause In Too-Close-To-Call PA House Seat. “Republicans in Pennsylvania got some good news Monday in their surprisingly shaky quest to maintain a majority in the state House of Representatives.” (PennLive)

PA State House Race In Montgomery County Hinges On 334 Pending Votes. “Montgomery County officials released a breakdown Monday of how many potential votes remain to be counted in the battle for the 151st state House seat, which could be a majority-maker in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.” (PennLive)

A Suburban Reckoning In PA. “This past week, Pennsylvania voters once again defied prognostications, rejected the status quo, and exhibited how demography has realigned the state’s politics.” (City Journal)

 

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3. Environmentalists Breathe Sigh Of Relief In PA

Environmentalists in Pennsylvania breathed a sigh of relief as the midterm election results rolled in — with their favored candidates in the major races defeating opponents widely viewed as climate-change skeptics and pro-drilling advocates.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Wolf Signs Bill To Boost Natural Gas; Hastily Passed Measure Gives Tax Credits For Hydrogen Hub, Methane Conversion. “Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a $2 billion tax credit package for the hydrogen production, milk processing and bio-medical research industries into law, capping months of quiet negotiations between the Democrat and top Republicans in the General Assembly.” (LNP | Lancaster Online)

PA House Committee Set To Vote On Impeaching Philly DA Larry Krasner. “A Pennsylvania state House committee on Tuesday is expected to vote on two articles of impeachment filed against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a move that could bring the city’s top prosecutor a step closer to being impeached.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

Around The Commonwealth

Compared With 2018, PA Voter Turnout In 2022 Rose More Than In Any Other State. “Pennsylvania, which featured a pair of high-profile statewide races, had the biggest increase in turnout compared to 2018. The Senate and governor’s races, where Democrats defeated Trump-backed candidates, were among the most covered contests in the country. Turnout was up 3.3 points over 2018.” (PennLive)

Gainey’s Revised Budget Proposal Includes Money For Public Works, Infrastructure and Food Insecurity. “In his administration’s first budget proposal, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey on Monday laid out a back-to-basics financial plan that focuses city resources on infrastructure, public safety and public works.” (WESA)

Jeff Brown Set To Announce Run For Philly Mayor. “Supermarket owner Jeff Brown is set to announce his intention to run in the 2023 mayoral election later this week.” (Philadelphia Tribune)

Luzerne County Manager Submits Resignation Letter. “Luzerne County Manager Randy Robertson submitted his resignation letter to county council Monday, saying Dec. 14 will be his last day of employment.” (Times Leader)

Erie Bishop, Other Community Leaders Call For Brenton Davis’ Resignation Over DEI Stance. “Bishop Dwane Brock and other community leaders are calling for the resignation of Erie County Executive Brenton Davis — and hinting at the possibility of a lawsuit — over Davis’ removal of board members from the county’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission and his attempts to freeze millions of dollars in grant funding the commission oversees.” (Erie Times-News)

 

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